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Artistic Landscape Enhancements

Everyone appreciates a beautiful landscape. For weekend gardeners and landscape professionals, this course will teach the principles and elements of stunning, artistic landscapes. By developing a firm understanding of these concepts, participants in this highly interactive course will be able to approach dated landscapes and easily identify enhancements to maximize their home’s curb appeal.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Describe what makes a landscape beautiful.
  • Explain what steps can leverage this knowledge to enhance dated sites.
  • Map and manage the impact of shade in the landscape.
  • Apply landscape industry best practices for installing enhancements.
  • Manage drainage and rectify erosion issues.
Section: ARTISTICLAND (06OCT18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 6, 2018 End Date: Oct 6, 2018 Tuition: $95.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jonathan Christopher Williams Register
Section: ARTISTICLAND (20APR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 20, 2019 End Date: Apr 20, 2019 Tuition: $95.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jonathan Christopher Williams Register

Building Teams - Building Culture

‘Teamwork’ is a common tenet of many companies – but how do leaders successfully develop high-performing teams while fostering a harmonious, culturally-driven environment? By learning methodologies commonly utilized to assemble productive groups and acquiring the skills necessary to facilitate effective collaboration—even among virtual teams—participants in this course can increase staff engagement levels, create stronger interpersonal connections and maximize performance results.

    After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the stages of team development, the functions at each stage, and the benefits of teaming
  • Identify the communication characteristics of high-performing teams and team members’ behavioral styles
  • Set goals successfully, and avoid common goal-setting mistakes
  • Explain how to foster accountability among team members to ensure all members succeed
  • Explore the effect of different behavioral styles on managing virtual employees
  • Develop esprit de corps and coordinate effective team-building activities
Section: BUILDTEAMS (18OCT18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 18, 2018 End Date: Oct 18, 2018 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter Register
Section: BUILDTEAMS (18JUL19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jul 18, 2019 End Date: Jul 18, 2019 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter Register

Estimating and Proposing Landscape Enhancements

Offering landscape upgrades such as plant, stone and drainage system installation to your customers can be a lucrative endeavor for your landscape business. Designing and installing these enhancements can be challenging and there is nothing more disheartening than doing so at a financial loss. Intended for landscape designers and installation professionals, this class will provide you with the information you need to successfully propose landscape enhancements. Learn the meaning of margin and mark-up and the industry’s best techniques and formulas for estimating landscape upgrades for a profit!

After completing this program, participants will be able to:
  • Define the difference between gross margin and markup.
  • Calculate material and labor cost for a typical landscape installation project.
  • Accurately estimate and propose landscape enhancements for a desired profit margin.
Section: ESTIMATELAND (06OCT18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 6, 2018 End Date: Oct 6, 2018 Tuition: $95.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jonathan Christopher Williams Register
Section: ESTIMATELAND (20APR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 20, 2019 End Date: Apr 20, 2019 Tuition: $95.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jonathan Christopher Williams Register

Foundations of Graphic Design


In the world of graphic design, good looks are everything….and so many websites, posters, greeting cards and more need your help ASAP. Fortunately, creating professional content – whether for your job, church, family, or yourself – is made easier by understanding the fundamental concepts of graphic design.

Included in this course will be the identification of multiple visual communications principles and elements within good design: color theory, composition, typography and more. We’ll also demonstrate how these artistic decisions can create cohesive, expressive branding through the use of templates and style guides.

Come explore the graphic designer’s role -- as well as techniques for creative thinking and problem solving – as we study and discover effective visual communication strategies. Class discussions regarding variances between new digital media and traditional print design will also help budding designers eliminate anxieties about the unknown.

Through a series of lectures and project-based homework assignments, this course will demystify the graphic design profession for students who are:
  • new to working in design roles;
  • considering switching to a design career;
  • self-taught and struggle to find fundamental solutions; or
  • seasoned designers needing a refresher and introduction to emerging tools, techniques, and technologies.

ECE recommends completing this course as the first in the Fundamentals of Graphic Design Certificate, but it can be taken at any time during the program. Students will complete three assignments related to visual communication principles, creative briefs, and brand design. Experience with Adobe software is welcomed but not required for success.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss the role of color, composition, and typography in visual communication
  • Explain the various roles and duties of a graphic design professional
  • Develop a roadmap to guide design projects from conception to completion
  • Choose the right hardware, software, and file types for each project
  • Make informed decisions about their projected career path

Section: FOUNDGRAPHIC (09OCT18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 9, 2018 End Date: Oct 30, 2018 Tuition: $695.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Christopher Brown Register
Section: FOUNDGRAPHIC (09FEB19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Feb 9, 2019 End Date: Mar 2, 2019 Tuition: $695.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Christopher Brown Register

Managing Up: Forging a Successful Relationship with Your Supervisor

The accomplishments of your manager are often more critical to your success than your own achievements. When bosses miss deadlines, ignore goals, and fail to meet expectations, those unmet obligations inevitably become yours -- and the communication between you and your manager can suffer greatly as a result. Recognizing the principles of managing up can help increase the chances of success for both you and your manager. Identifying your boss’s needs while supporting these daily obligations can lead to a smoother work environment with more positive vibes, less conflict, and ultimately an effective relationship.

After this class, you will be able to:

  • Identify and support your supervisor’s strengths, weaknesses and working style.
  • Proactively seek consistent communication and monitor results for necessary improvements.
  • Determine your supervisor’s priorities, goals and pressures.
  • Establish expectations and a clear system of organization.
  • Help to eliminate preventable problems and use effective problem solving skills to find resolutions.
  • Exhibit positive behaviors that make you an invaluable employee.

Section: MANAGUP (10DEC18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Dec 10, 2018 End Date: Dec 10, 2018 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter Register

Project Management: Integration Tools & Techniques

Most project managers have to spend crucial time managing the day-to-day. It is a balancing act between your project’s cost, scope and schedule. One change will cascade across the project and impact many different areas. For example, a schedule slip will increase the project’s cost or a budget cut will decrease the project scope. Project integration attempts to unify all the project management processes and takes a holistic view of the overall project. Project integration is the “big picture” view and examines how all aspects of the project are interrelated.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Identify Project Basics
  • Explain How to Initiate a Project
  • Recognize and explain the Importance of Planning
  • Explain the Methods and Appropriate Techniques to Execute Project Work
  • Understand and Apply Tools and Techniques to Monitor and Control Project Progress
  • Describe the Steps to Close a Project

Section: PROJECTINTEGRATE (13OCT18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 13, 2018 End Date: Oct 13, 2018 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Tim Peek Register

Python: General Programming for Practical Applications


Python is regarded as a very easy language to learn, yet powerful enough to provide the insights required to learn any language – and potentially move you up the career ladder. Forbes magazine recently cited “data scientist” as one of the top jobs in America -- and Python is a critical skill for this position and many others, including software developer/engineer, analyst, researcher, web developer and more.

In this introductory course, you will learn the fundamentals of Python: object-oriented programming, database programming, and User Interface (UI) programming. We’ll also explore how to utilize Python for data science, website and online game development, file creation/management, and other relevant, in-demand applications; these practical skills can provide the groundwork to help prepare you for a variety of lucrative career options.

CLICK HERE FOR REQUIRED BOOK

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Design and develop your own Python programs based on parts of existing Python programs
  • Develop easy-to-play games and simple web sites
  • Create features for web sites that collect, organize, and report on user provided data
  • Automate complex numerical computations essential to artificial intelligence, data science and machine learning
  • Search the web and download online content using Python scripts
  • Manage files efficiently using Python to create, update, move, and rename files
  • Locate additional resources for learning more about learning to program using Python
Section: PYTHON (08OCT18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 8, 2018 End Date: Oct 24, 2018 Tuition: $1,350.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Rashaad Jones Register

Social Media Analytics


Social media can be essential to growing your business, but properly understanding and analyzing the relevant data is absolutely critical.

While working at Facebook, instructor Jessica Ludolph partnered with clients ranging from small businesses all the way up to larger companies including The Home Depot, Chick-fil-A, Burger King and more. Her input not only helped shape Facebook’s own advertising platform, but her focus on strategy and execution delivered amazing results for her clients. Join us to discover how these analytics can help guide your organization’s marketing strategy.

Simply having a presence on social media is hardly enough; a successful approach must include continuous testing, monitoring and optimization to achieve goals. Who’s interacting with your content? What should your goals be? How do you establish Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and, more importantly, measure and track your results against those metrics by utilizing reporting tools?

The need to evaluate the results of your published content and paid advertising campaigns to help improve future marketing efforts cannot be overstated. We’ll cover the fundamentals and insider techniques of social media analytics for both beginners as well as seasoned digital marketers looking to understand how to better analyze data, take action, and get results.

Prerequisites: Participants in this course must:
  • possess basic computer, internet, and social media skills;
  • bring a notebook computer, tablet, or smartphone to follow along with in-class exercises;
  • have a Facebook Business Page created prior to the first class session; and
  • be prepared to invest a minimum of $20 in a paid social media campaign.

Who Should Attend: Aspiring and existing marketing specialists, business owners, and entrepreneurs looking to understand the social data available across various platforms and how that data can be used to measure business results.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Explain how social analytics are derived from both organic data and paid campaign data
  • Analyze Audience Insights to further identify who is interacting with your social content and how—and how to apply that information in a paid marketing strategy
  • Create attainable goals for social campaigns and establish realistic KPIs to determine effectiveness
  • Set up and track paid social campaigns on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn
  • Pull analytics reports and determine the metrics to focus on based on goals/KPIs
  • Optimize future social media marketing efforts and make informed, data backed decisions

Section: SOCIALANALYTICS (10NOV18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Nov 10, 2018 End Date: Nov 17, 2018 Tuition: $695.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jessica Ludolph Register

The Camera You Carry: Smartphone Photography

Think you need an expensive, bulky camera to capture many of life’s great moments? Take better photos using your smartphone! Our course includes hands-on demonstrations, practical assignments, and lectures to help you better utilize your smartphone’s camera features. Learn to improve your photo quality via proper exposure, better composition elements and editing software – then store and share your images with confidence.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Operate you smartphones with ease
  • Recognize and utilize the camera features of the smartphone
  • Improve the quality of your photos through proper exposure and better composition
  • Store and share photos with confidence
  • Enhance photos - after picture taking
Section: SMARTPHOTO (29SEP18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Sep 29, 2018 End Date: Sep 29, 2018 Tuition: $125.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Billy Newman Register
Section: SMARTPHOTO (09FEB19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Feb 9, 2019 End Date: Feb 9, 2019 Tuition: $125.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Billy Newman Register

The Pleasures of Poetry


An appreciation and understanding of poetry can be cultivated, blossoming into a lifelong passion. From haiku to epic narrative, this class will explore the infinite variety of this ever-evolving genre. We’ll discuss the nuts and bolts of form, meter, metaphor, and imagery, and how each plays a part in making a poem. There will be reading assignments from the textbook, followed by class discussion. If you’re also interested in writing poetry, heed the words of Mary Oliver, who says, “There is no better teacher than reading good poems.” No background in literature is required.

April is National Poetry Month—come celebrate with us!

CLICK HERE FOR REQUIRED BOOK

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the basic elements of poetry: form, meter, image, and musicality
  • Integrate the reading of poetry into their lives with a deeper level of appreciation
  • Recognize the many resources available to poetry lovers in the 21st century, whether online, in print, or in the larger community
Section: READINGPOETRY (09APR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 9, 2019 End Date: Apr 30, 2019 Tuition: $250.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Alexa Selph Register

The Power of Personal Brand

In this course you will learn what a personal brand is, what the benefits are in having a clearly defined brand, and how to build and manage your own. You will leave with a new understanding of yourself as an individual and as a business entity, a provider of business services. You will also gain an understanding of how to use your brand to promote yourself and/or services. This class discusses the power of having an outstanding brand, something that companies have known and used for years, and maps it onto the individual for increase effectiveness, success and personal power.
Section: PERSBRAND (27NOV18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Nov 27, 2018 End Date: Nov 27, 2018 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Katie Karppala Register

Transformational Leadership: Inspiring Your Team

Transformational leadership techniques encourage leaders to achieve excellence by successfully engaging and motivating people. While other management theories rely on “telling” others what to do, the transformational methodology taps into amazing sources of drive and commitment by selling employees on both the vision and value of individual roles. Our interactive course examines how and when to utilize this approach for maximum leadership effectiveness, thereby generating significant buy-in and workforce ownership.

Class begins with a comparison of common leadership styles; we’ll then utilize tools and techniques to help you develop and implement a transformational leadership plan in your own workplace.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Compare and contrast common leadership styles
  • Define transformational leadership
  • Use tools and techniques to implement the four components of transformational leadership:
    • Intellectual stimulation
    • Individualized consideration
    • Inspirational motivation
    • Idealized influence
  • Develop a plan to implement transformational leadership
Section: LEADERTRANSFORM (04DEC18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Dec 4, 2018 End Date: Dec 4, 2018 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jonathan Burman Register

Your Image is a Communication Tool

Your image communicates messages about who you are as perceived by others and even yourself. You want to ensure these messages are consistent with your character, values, and what you have to offer. In this workshop, you will review the basic ingredients of nonverbal communication, better understand your own “filters,” and learn how judgments are formulated from visual impressions. This powerful information equips you to better understand the messages that you are sending out, and more effectively interpret the nonverbal messages you are receiving.


After this class, you will be able to:

  • Identify the basic elements of non-verbal communication
  • Identify their own filter in communication
  • Know how to increase positive communications in different environments
  • Be able to use image to strengthen brand professionally and personally
  • Identify ways to create stronger connections in relationships through communication
  • Learn strategies to manage their image
Section: IMAGECOMM (27NOV18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Nov 27, 2018 End Date: Nov 27, 2018 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Katie Karppala Register